- In contrast to historical patterns for Republican candidates, Romney attracted a full 52% of all votes cast by women. Women comprise 49.5% of all residents in 2012 battleground state Nevada.
- Romney easily edged out his opponents in all age groups of Nevada caucus goers, except for voters under 30 years old, who cast 41% of ballots for libertarian Ron Paul. But Mr. Romney attracted a respectable 36% of that vote, too, a tally far, far ahead of
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
Of all Nevada caucus age groups, Romney was strongest among senior citizen voters, winning 54% of their ballots. Voters 65 years old and over comprise 12% of Nevada's population.
- By a huge margin, Romney won the vote of every family-income level except the lowest-earning category, under $30,000 annually. Mr. Romney scored a whopping 53% of the vote by middle-class families earning $50,000 to $100.000.... a group deeply affected by Nevada's sky-high home foreclosure rate, the highest in the nation.
One promising Nevada take-away for the White House: Hispanic voters essentially ignored or boycotted the state Republican caucus vote. More than 26% of Nevadans are of Hispanic heritage, the nation's fifth highest state percentage, yet represented only 5% of caucus voters. The Hispanic vote will be key to winning swing state Nevada in 2012.
President Obama should be warned, however, by likely opponent Mitt Romney's startlingly massive victory in common-sense Nevada that Mr. Romney's bold message of holding a better plan for national economic prosperity is appealing to all age groups, to all educational levels, to both genders, and to almost all income groups.
To effectively answer Mr. Romney in the fall campaign, Democrat Obama absolutely must finally develop a smart, logical, believable plan to stem the national real-estate slump nightmare that caused tens of millions of home foreclosures.
President Obama's administration must also continue to preside over declining unemployment numbers throughout 2012, especially during the crucial summer months when employment data often slumps.
The Nevada Republican caucuses clearly demonstrated that Mitt Romney is rapidly developing into a formidable candidate to challenge President Obama, particularly on economic and prosperity issues. The President would be foolish to ignore the obvious warning signs that Mr. Romney's economic message is breaking through to Americans.